This documentary is a portrait of downtown New York in the late 1980s and early 90s that revel in nostalgia.
In the late 80s and early 90, long before hypebeasts spent hours waiting for the coveted falls outside the Supreme store in SoHo, skaters gathered at a small Lafayette Street store. smoked and watched skate videos, listened to music and made jokes with friends.
"All the streets are silent," a documentary by director Jeremy Elkin, is a portrayal of this era, capturing the transformative moment when hip-hop and skateboarding culture converged in New York City. It draws on archival footage of influential figures such as Justin Pierce and Harold Hunter, among dozens of others, and incorporates new interviews with major players like Fab 5 Freddy and Darryl McDaniels , from RunDMC. Throughout, Elkin explores how racial associations with the two subcultures collapsed when their worlds collided.
The film revel in videos blurry and intimate personalities of the time, courtesy of narrator Eli Gesner, who spent much of his youth filming the scene on his camcorder. There are shots of skaters dodging traffic in Astor Place or partying at the late hip-hop club Club Mars. At one point, a young Jay-Z appears, rapping at lightning speed on a breakbeat. The film immerses us in this world, paying a tender and loving tribute to urban street culture before it went global. figcaption >
In the end, "All the streets are silent" hardly evere more to give than nostalgia. An ending that considers the dominant explosion of these subcultures is ambiguous and offers surface analysis. The film excels when it harnesses the melancholy thrill of a bygone era, reminding us of a rich and creative past that deserves wide recognition.
All the streets are silent
Uncategorized. Duration: 1 hour and 29 minutes. At the movies.